Martin Luther didn’t stand alone 500 years ago. Nor does he stand alone today. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’ve created a 31-day journey introducing you to the many heroes of the Reformation, just 5–7 minutes each day.
Here He Stood: Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Luther stood not on the pronouncements of popes, or the decisions of councils, or the winds of popular opinion, but on “that word above all earthly powers.”
The Runaway Nun: Katharina von Bora (1499–1552)
Katharina married Martin Luther to survive as a runaway nun, but their marriage proved to be a model in a time when “pastor’s wife” was a new role.
The Administrative Pastor: Johannes Bugenhagen (1485–1558)
The Reformation required more than theological giants. It also demanded organizational geniuses.
The Happy Professor: Zacharius Ursinus (1534–1583)
He took the lead role in writing the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the most ringing affirmations of faith in all of Christian history.
The First Calvinist: Theodore Beza (1519–1605)
Theodore Beza gave form to what we now call Calvinism by explaining and defending the biblical doctrines Calvin had rediscovered.
The Teenage Martyr: Lady Jane Grey (c. 1537–1554)
Lady Jane Grey was a teenage victim of social and political conspiracy, beheaded at seventeen for her faith. But her life is far from a tragedy.